Environmental Projection: The Basics Behind What A Church Needs

Environmental Projection: The Basics Behind What A Church Needs

If you're looking to implement environmental projection in your church, you are probably going to need to spend around $10,000 to do so, with the goal of doing it well.

Environmental projection is a great add-on feature for your church to incorporate a wraparound feeling. At our church, Highland Village Church, we've been using environmental projection for four years now.

It has definitely helped us with our visual aspect, but it has also added a lot to the worship experience for each and every member of the congregation.

One thing I would say is environmental projection can become too much and distracting, if you use a lot of fast motion backgrounds as part of your content. I would recommend using slow moving backgrounds or stills. This way the projection doesn't become a distraction, and make those inside your church feel seasick.

If you're looking to implement environmental projection in your church, you are probably going to need to spend around $10,000 to do so, with the goal of doing it well. Some of the equipment that you will likely need to achieve this is a combination of three projectors, a Matrox TripleHead2Go, a computer, and ProPresenter worship and presentation software, from Renewed Vision.

At Highland Village, we use the Hitachi CP-X5021N for use of projection. These projectors are not expensive and are bright for the price. They have an HD version, if you want to go that route.

The next thing you will need is a Matrox TripleHead2Go device. What this device will do is take the one image coming from Renewed Vision's ProPresenter and break it up in three different parts, that way each of our three projectors is projecting a part of the image. Then you'll blend, mask, and align the three images together.  They have different devices that offer HDMI, RGB, and so on. Check the website out at Matrox.

In addition, you will need is a computer. You'll need a computer with at least 4 GB of RAM and capable of handling video files. If your computer isn't robust enough, the image will stutter and unfortunately will not look so great on the wall of your worship space.

Then consider is the software to use. For now ProPresenter is the easiest tool to do this for now. You should be able to work with version 4 and up.

After that, take the time to mask the environmental projection. There is a great article, Masking For Environmental Projection, that explains it in great detail. .

The last thing is to find content for your background. There are a couple of different places that offer environmental projection content. These companies are Triple Wide Media, Graceway Media, Center Line New Media, Worship House Media, and Church Motion Graphics.

All in all, environmental projection can definitely change the feel of a place. This can be used to help people engage in worship in a more meaningful way.

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